About Magister Ricard

John has been teaching Latin at the secondary level since 2007. Starting the Latin program at Somerset Academy in 2009, he has now moved on to another home founding the Latin program at the Pine Crest School. He has taught all levels of Latin from Middle School courses to AP Latin using a wide-range of approaches. John also is the Social Sciences and Humanities Department Chair at Pine Crest and currently teaches AP Art History and has served as a reader for 3 years now. He also has taught AP European History and AP World History, among many other social sciences courses. He is also the founder of Romae.org, RicardAcademy.info, and AFireKindled.com.

Homework: Book 1 Practice (due 5/6)

This assignment is all online. I want you guys to complete only the following assignments when you click on the link:

  • A
  • C
  • E
  • F, G, and H
  • R
  • S

I will need proof that you completed each of those assignments. So, you can either print out your work, or copy it down onto paper and turn it in. As for assignment R, you can email that to me (jricard at romae.org).

Vergil Checklist for Aeneid; Upcoming Assignments

Here is a breakdown of where you guys should be at this point. Each one of the following sections should have a translation prepared for it:

  • Lesson 1: Book 1.1-33
  • Lesson 2: Book 1.34-80
  • Lesson 7: Book 1.494-538
  • Lesson 11: Book 2.268-297
  • Lesson 13: Book 4.160-218
  • Lesson 14: Book 4.259-299
  • Lesson 15: Book 4.300-361
  • Lesson 16: Book 4.659-705
  • Lesson 17: Book 6.295-332
  • Lesson 19: Book 6.450-476

Here is a breakdown of upcoming assignments – note the DUE DATES:

  • HW: Abney’s Book One Practice (due 5/6) – this is due for HW.
  • TEST: Book 1 (5/6) – will be a mix of translations and grammar.
  • HW: Abney’s Book Four Practice (due 5/8) – same things as the Book 1 practice.
  • TEST: Book 4 (5/8) – will be a mix of translation and grammar
  • PROJECT: Analysis of TEST – this project I want you all to work on AFTER you take the exam. I want you all to assess your strengths and weaknesses and give me some feedback on where we need to fix things for next year. I also want you to share your insight with Latin III later on.

Flashcards Added For Aeneid

Don’t worry about compiling the flashcards for the Aeneid. We hunted down and found some sets of flashcards to add to our group so that you can study them. Start looking them over each day to help you prepare for your upcoming exam on May 9th!

Also there are key vocabulary words for Caesar’s De Bello Gallico – don’t neglect those either as you will surely need to be able to translate passages from Caesar’s text as well.

AP Review Thursday 4/18

Well, it is that time of year! We will be having our annual AP review picnic – just outside building F in the circle. Bring your Latin texts and we will review. Prepare some questions so we can investigate what kinds of things you need to review. We will mostly focus on getting caught up in the Aeneid.

So bring a blanket, some snacks, and your thinking pillea! See you Thursday!

Docs for Key Figures and Other Grammatical Points of Interest for the Aenead

In order to help you guys study, and build up your background information on the Aenead, I am going to start a few Docs in our group on Amicitia to aid you. There will be a doc for the following topics:

  • Key Figures from the Aenead and Mythology
  • Versification
  • Figures of Syntax and Rhetoric

Don’t neglect these docs. I expect that you will contribute also and, while you are in class, if you have a note to contribute go right ahead and do so! The more you contribute, the more you will know!

Gerunds and The Bible

Today we did an exercise to review the use of the Gerund in Latin. You all translated a portion from Ecclesiastes 3:1 which was in Latin. This is also the same verses that were used in the old “hippy” song by The Byrds Turn, Turn, Turn.


Here is a link with the actual lyrics from that song.

And here is a bit more information on the song and the verse from the Bible.

Enjoy! And show off how smart you are in Latin!